The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem must maintain the status quo, but the United Nations Security Council has made no moves to address the recent tensions there.
The Council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the situation at the site, which is considered holy by both Muslims and Jews.
Recent Tensions at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound
Recent tensions have resulted in skirmishes between Israeli security officers and worshiping Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The tensions have been fueled by plans by some Jewish groups to visit the site during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and by the decision by the Israeli government to install metal detectors at the entrance to the compound.
The move to install the metal detectors has been met with resistance from Palestinian worshippers, who have boycotted the site in protest.
UN Security Council Stresses Need to Preserve Status Quo
During the emergency meeting, the UN Security Council stressed the need to preserve the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and called on all parties to refrain from provocative actions. The Council expressed its concern about the recent tensions at the site and called for all parties to respect the sanctity of the holy sites.
However, the Council took no action beyond issuing a statement, prompting criticism from some quarters who argue that more needs to be done to address the situation.
International Community Urges Restraint
The international community has called for restraint on all sides and for efforts to be made to reduce tensions at the site. The United States has urged both Israelis and Palestinians to refrain from provocative actions and to respect the sanctity of the holy sites.
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, has also called for calm and for all parties to refrain from actions that could further escalate the situation.
Tensions Remain High
Despite the calls for calm, tensions remain high at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and there have been reports of further clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli security forces.
The situation is being closely monitored by the international community and it is hoped that efforts will be made to deescalate the situation and prevent further violence.
The UN Security Council has stressed the need to preserve the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, but has taken no action to address the recent tensions in the area.
The international community has called for restraint on all sides and for efforts to be made to reduce tensions at the site. However, emotions are still high, and it is unclear how things will turn out over the next several days and weeks.